Angelelli Takes Pole Position on Final Lap in SunTrust Pontiac Riley for Watkins Glen 6-Hour Watkins Glen, New York (June 11, 2005) -Max Angelelli, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI, took the pole position today in classic ...
Angelelli Takes Pole Position on Final Lap in SunTrust Pontiac Riley for Watkins Glen 6-Hour
Watkins Glen, New York (June 11, 2005) -Max Angelelli, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI, took the pole position today in classic fashion -- on the final lap -- for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race. Hovering in the top three fastest cars on the track for the first seven laps he recorded, Angelelli scorched a 1:45.687 at 115.814 mph as most cars had already taken their final lap. With a little guidance from team owner Bill Riley, Angelelli managed to find a hole in traffic in order to do his flying lap. Watkins Glen International was the site of Angelelli's solo pole position last year, also collected at the six-hour event.
"I am really happy," said the jubilant Italian. "It took so long because our car was performing really well with old tires, so I needed just to drive and drive and drive to use the tires a little bit more. It's really well balanced with old tires so it's kind of strange but this is how it works here (at Watkins Glen).
"It's my first pole of the year. Finally Scott (Pruett) let me get it (the pole)," teased Angelelli, referring to the fact that Pruett has already collected two poles in five races this year and dominated poles last season. "Thank you, Scott. I appreciate that. Now we'll see for tomorrow."
"It's great to be on the pole," said Bill Riley. "Everybody worked real hard. The car was fast and everything is good. Let's just hope tomorrow we can transfer how it went today into a win."
"That's the best way to get pole - by doing it on the last lap and making the gap so narrow," added car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "The guys on the team did very well, and of course, so did Max. But tomorrow's the big one, we'll wait and see."
Taylor has made it known that he is hungry to win this race, the only major endurance race the 48-year-old Floridian has yet to win. The endurance veteran has won the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice), the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the inaugural Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, as well as championships in the U.S. and his native South Africa. "A win here is really important to me," said Taylor. "I want this victory. On top of that, Watkins Glen is my favorite circuit."
The current heat and humidity in the Finger Lakes region of New York is expected to be a major factor for Sunday's six hour enduro. Many of the teams usually run a double stint for each of the drivers, but anticipated cockpit temperatures of over 110 degrees will force more frequent driver changes.
Round six of the 14-race Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will be broadcast Part I live on the Speed Channel, starting at 10:00 a.m. ET for one hour. Part II will be carried live from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET.